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Why do you not give more than 2l/min of oxygen to a client with copd?

Why do you not give more than 2l/min of oxygen to a client with copd?

Not true: The comment is a fallacy. A patient who has COPD and needs oxygen should get as much liter flow to keep a sat>88. Patients with high co2 buildup should use oxygen to a saturation of>86-87. That is because that pts co2 will rise if increased oxygen is given, making the pt less alert. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Can I simply just turn up my oxygen if I have COPD and fly regularly on commercial flights?

Can I simply just turn up my oxygen if I have COPD and fly regularly on commercial flights?

May be ok: Many times, i will tell my patients with COPD and oxygen to turn up their oxygen level slightly when flying on a plane. Most of the time, that can do the trick. If available, i would see if you can do an actual flight simulation, where they have you breathe lower level of oxygen to see what happens to your oxygen level. ...Read more

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How do I need to chance my oxygen settings if I have COPD and I need to go on a long flight?

How do I need to chance my oxygen settings if I have COPD and I need to go on a long flight?

No chane needed: Airplane cabins are pressurized so you should not need to change your oxygen settings. You will need to make arrangements so you can bring oxygen with you ont eh airlines. ...Read more

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I have copd. Lately I've noticed .y oxygen level El is 97-98 when exercising exercising. Before it used to go down to 95-96. Can you improve it?

I have copd. Lately I've noticed .y oxygen level El is 97-98 when exercising exercising.  Before it used to go down  to 95-96. Can you improve it?

Your oxygen level-: -is driven by your pulmonary function. As you age, it is not uncommon 2 have this. If of great concern & you are not a smoker, see your internist, you may be referred to a pulmonary specialist for pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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I have copd. What can cause me to have a great oxygen level when lying still, but have it go down when active? More active i am, the lower it goes.

Activity: In some patients with copd, the lungs can't supply enough oxygen to keep the oxygen level (saturation) normal. This may happen with activity when the body starts to use up its oxygen supply. If you rest, you can catch up and get back to normal. However, you may need oxygen at this point. There are specific criteria to qualify, so talk to your family doctor or lung specialist. ...Read more

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Most people with copd, have a higher oxygen level when sitting. Why is mine 95-96 when sitting an gets up to 97-98 when active. Theirs gets lower .

Most people with copd, have a higher oxygen level when sitting. Why is mine 95-96 when sitting an gets up to 97-98 when active. Theirs gets lower .

COPD O2 saturation: COPD patients not a uniform group Those with a decreased number of operational blood vessels in the lung will decrease the O2 saturation when they move because they have less O2 to give to the body tissues and the deceased sat.reflects this. You are in a group that does not have this problem. Your Sat.is up because you take deeper breaths when you move and bring in blood vessels not used at rest. ...Read more

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What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

No minimum: There is no minimum. Ambient air is 21%, if it is not enough, you go up from there. Oxygen delivered by a nasal cannula starts with 0.5 lpm and goes up from there by half liter increments. Common starting rates are 1 - 1.5 lpm. ...Read more

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Male 67 with copd. Not on oxygen. Should i be blotted in mid section?

Aerophagia: If I am understanding it right you meant bloated. There are several causes as in dyspepsia, gallstone, and other abdominal problems. It is common in people with COPD to breath fast and swallow air, and can cause a sense of bloating in the abdomen. If different, go see your md and may clarify it. ...Read more

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I have copd. How would being a co retainer effect my oxygen level readings?

I have copd. How would being a co retainer effect my oxygen level readings?

Variable.: The carbon dioxide levels don't necessarily have a direct effect on oxygen levels. The severity of the underlying COPD has more of an effect on the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels. ...Read more

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What can be helpful for someone with copd, taking a lot of medication and and needs oxygen at night.?

What can be helpful for someone with copd, taking a lot of medication and and needs oxygen at night.?

Copd: It looks like you may have terminal copd, you do require lot of support and help. You may have to work with your pulmonologist, home health or even hospice services and respiratory therapist. They should be able to assess what type of help you need. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more